‘METABOLISM AND ECOSOCIALISM IN MARX’ [KOHEI SAITO/ REBECCA CARSON/ AA12]

REBECCA CARSON (Kingston) in conversation with KOHEI SAITO (Osaka University)  

Drawing on Kohei’s research on Marx’s references to physiology and his use of the term metabolism, they will aim to discuss the ‘life-like’ character of capital (discussed by Marx in Vol II in his reproduction schemas which basically claims capital is an organic form because it can reproduce itself as an automatic subject) in its multiple relations to Marx’s understanding of the metabolistic tension between human life and nature, where nature is the “inorganic body” of both senses of life (capital’s life-like character and human life). In response to Animate Assembly’s concerns around re-distributing animacy, the in-conversation aims to trigger discussion about the life-like function (or animation) of capital as a living object, while thinking about the relationship between animation, the human subject and ecology through the concept of metabolism. 

Rebecca teaches Critical and Historical Studies in the Fine Arts programme at the Royal College of Art, London and at the Paris Institute for Critical Thinking. She is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University in London, working on a dissertation entitled Time, Subject and Fiction: The Role of Money and Credit in a Marxian Theory of Capitalist Valorisation. 

 

KOHEI SAITO: Marx’s Idea of Ecosocialism in the Anthropocene 

Kohei Saito’s Karl Marx’s Ecosocialism lays waste to accusations of Marx’s ecological shortcomings. Delving into Karl Marx’s central works, as well as his natural scientific notebooks—published only recently and still being translated—Saito also builds on the works of scholars such as John Bellamy Foster and Paul Burkett, to argue that Karl Marx actually saw the environmental crisis embedded in capitalism. 

This event is organised by the Population, Environment and Resources (PER) Working Group. For more information on the PER Working Group, visit here